Tuach wins battle of the Chelseas
CHELSEA TUACH has gone one up in surfing’s latest battle of the Chelseas.
Continuing her dominant form on the local circuit this season, Tuach swept both the Open Women’s and Under-18 girls’ title from her rival Chelsea Roett as the highlight of last weekend’s Lazy Days National Championships at the Soup Bowl, Bathsheba.
It was an impressive display of power carves, off-the-lips and roundhouse cutbacks from both girls, leaving no doubt that the two are the leading ladies of Caribbean surfing.
However, Tuach was significantly better on the day in both categories, topping Roett 9.65 to 8.15 in the Open and 10.50 to 8.55 in the Under-18 division.
Stephane Corbin returned to the pinnacle of the premier division after recapturing the Open title in a crowd-pleasing display of power surfing.
Impressing the spectators with his barrel riding, Corbin finished ahead of the field with 13.75, relegating Joshua Burke (9.90) and Daniel Edghill (9.55) to second and third respectively.
The resurgent Bruce Mackie was fourth with a score of 6.00.
Josh Burke captured the Under-21 equivalent with fast, progressive, and committed manoeuvers, scoring a 12.50 to beat Dane Mackie, who placed second with a 10.50 and Jordan Heaselgrave (8.10). Roett rounded out the top four in that division with a score of 7.25.
Burke then returned to take the Under-16 crown as well, tallying 10.10 to edge Mackie (9.70) again. Ché Allan was third with an 8.65, while Andrew Rose finished fourth with a 5.10.
It capped a successful championship for Allan, who previously took the Under-12 title to continue his dominance in that category. He posted a 9.50, while Andrew Rose also put in a good performance to finish second with an 8.15 score, leaving Jacob Burke just behind with 7.40.
Zander Venezia captured the first ever Under-10 national crown after scoring a 10.0 to top Darian Pitcher (5.45) and Caleb Rapson (4.20).
In the Senior Men’s, Jake Corbin completed a stunning comeback, taking the title from eventual masters champion Andrew Rapson, and Christopher Clarke.
Jacob Burke finished atop the final standings in the Long Board Division following what were technical breeches of the rules. (PR/JM)